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Half of cancer sufferers 'live a decade or more'

by | Apr 29, 2014 | Kidney Cancer News

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According to Cancer Research,  in 1971-2, 50% of people diagnosed with cancer died within a year. Now 50% of cancer sufferers survive for at least a decade – up from 24% in 1971-2. There had been significant progress in the way cancer was treated. Researchers said there were a number of reasons for the success, which includes earlier diagnosis.
Cancer Research has set a target for 75% survival in the next 20 years. However this requires early diagnosis, investment in personalised cancer treatment, reducing smoking rates and paying particular attention to the cancers with the lowest survival rates.
Kidney Cancer – Early Diagnosis
Blood in pee – even if it appears just once – could be a kidney cancer symptom. However, a recent survey shows that the public don’t recognise the seriousness of the sign – almost a third (30 per cent) of people would wait and see if they spotted blood in their pee again before taking any action, which could delay their diagnosis.
Possible warning kidney cancer symptoms:

  • Blood in urine
  • Pain below the ribs that doesn’t go away
  • A lump in your stomach

James Whale, Chairman of the Kidney Cancer UK said that like many kidney cancer patients, he had not been aware of any major kidney cancer symptoms until he noticed what looked like blood in his urine.
He told his wife and she suggested immediate check-up but he didn’t bother for at least a couple of weeks. The diagnosis he was given suggested kidney cancer.
The operation to remove his left kidney and its tumour which was the size of a small football was successful. James consider himself to be very lucky and since then he is an advocate of regular check-ups, especially if you are experiencing symptoms that cause concern. Kidney cancer was a traumatic experience that prompted him to create the Kidney Cancer UK in order to raise awareness of the disease which is now the seventh most common type of cancer in men and ninth among women in the UK.



<a href="" target="_self">Malcolm Packer</a>

Malcolm Packer

Malcolm is Chief Executive Officer at Kidney Cancer UK and Kidney Cancer Scotland and has worked with the charity in various capacities for over 15 years.